Possibly High-Mercury Fish on Seafood Market

By. Nevanda - 21 Sep 2023


lauttimur.com - Certain fish species tend to have higher levels of mercury and should be consumed with caution or avoided, especially by pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children. Most of the fish that have higher mercury level is a big predatory fish at the top of food chain. Here are some types of fish that generally have higher mercury levels:


1.    Shark
Sharks are one of the fish with the highest mercury levels. Due to their top position in the marine food chain, sharks can accumulate mercury from other fishes that they prey on.

2.    Marlin
Marlin, such as blue marlin and black marlin, also fall into the category of fish with high mercury levels.


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3.    Swordfish
Swordfish is one of the fish with the highest mercury levels and should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

4.    Ahi Tuna (Bigeye Tuna)
Ahi tuna is one type of tuna that has higher mercury levels compared to smaller tuna. Ahi tuna is often used in sushi and sashimi.

5.    King Mackerel
King mackerel is a type of large mackerel that has high levels of mercury.


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6.    Grouper
Some grouper species have higher mercury levels. It is best to limit your consumption of grouper or choose other types of fish that are lower in mercury.

7.    Albacore Tuna 
Albacore tuna is a type of tuna that tends to have higher mercury levels compared to other small tuna.


But keep in mind that not all fish in this range have high mercury levels, and levels can vary based on where they were caught and the size of the fish. Therefore, if you choose to consume any of the above types of fish, be sure to check local health guidelines or reliable sources for specific recommendations regarding safe fish consumption and mercury levels. Also, avoid consuming excessive amounts of these fish and consider variety in the seafood you consume to minimize the risk of mercury exposure.


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